Arts More on the Amazingly Good and Effervescently Free Musico-Literary Extravaganza Featuring Miranda July Tomorrow Night at Neumo’s
posted by May 16 at 13:58 PMon
Your questions answered:
Makes you feel a little effervescent, doesn’t it?
Well, but am I going to be able to get in?
Yup. There’s that whole upstairs area. And, unlike at past Stranger musico-literary events, there won’t be a bunch of chairs taking up space.
Who else is on the bill? What’s going to happen?
Isn’t that always the question? As for the bill, the people on it are Sarah Rudinoff, a performer and musician who won a Stranger Genius Award for theater in ‘05 and who (in excellent news) has been writing songs, and is going perform one of them for the first time ever, along with two other songs-written-by-others, one of which is a Jeff Buckley cover (funny, there was one of those at the Zadie Smith musico-literary extravaganza at Neumo’s also in ‘05 [good year!]); Joshua Roman, the 23-year-old principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, who’s accompanying Rudinoff and is disarmingly nice; Becky Stark, the singer from Lavender Diamond, whose gorgeous first album Imagine Our Love just came out; “Awesome,” the official band of Stranger musico-literary extravaganzas, who were commissioned to write a bunch of original songs (they are wonderful) based on July’s book; and the famous athlete Miranda July. The music sets are all extra short. Then July will go on and read and then get interviewed about her hockey career.
And then what?
A dance party. DJ Fucking in the Streets and DJ Sam Rousso Sound System presiding, with a little more pop thrown in than usual.
Are there any other awesome individuals—like any other Stranger Genius Award-winners—associated with this?
We’re working on it. We’re going to try to project some new stop-motion footage by Web Crowell, who won the Stranger Genius Award for film in ‘04. Parasols are involved.
Wow, that’s a lot of stuff.
We don’t use the word “extravaganza” lightly.
How do you make all this free? Are you laundering money?
Yes. Well, no. We’re laundering books, sort of. The books The Stranger gets sent every day from publishers. We only have room to write about a fraction of them in The Stranger. Most book reviewers hoard the reviewer’s copies they get and sell them to used bookstores—and keep the money. We sell them off and put that money back into the literary community in a new way.
Can I go if I’m under 21?
Sadly, no. But you can watch it all later. We’re taping it and we’ll put it on our website.
When does it start?
Doors are at 7.
Where’s Neumo’s again?
Corner of Pike and 10th on Capitol Hill.
There’s an article about Becky Stark in the new Seattle Weekly, but they don’t mention this event at all, not even in their readings calendar, and this is the only Seattle reading July is giving. Are they just ignoring the event because it’s being put on by The Stranger?
No one knows.
Can I buy a copy of the book at Neumo’s?
Yep. Elliott Bay Book Company, our bookstore sponsor, is going to be there.
I have a question I want you to ask Miranda. Will you ask it?
Sure, or you can ask it during the audience Q&A. If it’s something you can only ask in the cozy bliss of Slog-commenter anonymity, go ahead and put it in the comments and we’ll see what we can do.